Mach­eso is my fa­ther: Jonas Kasamba

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Wal­ter Mswazie Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

OR­CHES­TRA Mberik­wazvo chanter Jonas Kasamba has de­scribed his boss, Alick Mach­eso, as his “fa­ther” who he looks up to for ad­vice and has come a long way “fend­ing” for him.

Kasamba who, a few years ago, de­serted his “fa­ther” to form Ex­tra Kwazvose to­gether with tal­ented chore­og­ra­pher, Franco “Slomo” Dhaka and Obert Gomba says he re­grets hav­ing ever left Mach­eso.

He said Or­ches­tra Mberik­wazvo is al­ways his home and Mach­eso, like a fa­ther un­der­stands that when the son walks away he can be ac­cepted back.

“Things were no longer rosy, that I de­cided to come back. Mach­eso is more like a fa­ther to me. I’m also like a prodi­gal son to him and I’m grate­ful that he un­der­stood my plight and ac­cepted me back. I do not fore­see my­self leav­ing Baba Shero again,” said Kasamba.

The Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) na­tional said he was forced out of Ex­tra Kwazvose be­cause Slomo was too con­trol­ling.

“S l omo wanted over­all con­trol of the band leav­ing Obert, Noel [ Nyazanda] and I

play­ing cameo roles. I couldn’t play such a role as we were in it equally,” said Kasamba.

He said they bought in­stru­ments on credit but be­cause Slomo frus­trated him that he left the group with­out fin­ish­ing off pay­ing the debt. “An­other thing is that we had man­aged to ac­quire in­stru­ments on credit for $10 000, which we were sup­posed to pay as a group with each of us con­tribut­ing. We paid $6 000 and since Slomo wants to be the band leader he’ll have to deal with the rest of the money,” said Kasamba.

In 2012, Nyazanda, El­ton Muropa and Slomo dumped Sun­gura king in favour of Su­lumani Chim­betu’s Or­ches­tra Den­dera Kings, cit­ing poor work­ing con­di­tions.

The fol­low­ing year, Nyazanda and Muropa re­traced their steps af­ter fail­ing to fit into Den­dera grove and were ac­cepted back.

Be­fore the dust could set­tle, Mach­eso suf­fered a fall­out with Kasamba, Nyazanda, and Gomba over al­le­ga­tions of poor re­mu­ner­a­tion and the three joined Slomo to form Ex­tra Kwazvose which was nick­named the Rebels in 2013.

How­ever, Ex­tra Kwazvose soon split af­ter re­leas­ing Ndizvo Zviripo in 2013 and Zvepasi Rino in 2014.

Nyazanda had a stint with Tendai Dembo’s Barura Ex­press be­fore he made a re­union with Mach­eso and two years later the DRC na­tional, Kasamba also re­turned home.


Against all odds . . . Ail­ing Man­doza sur­prised his fol­low­ers with his last per­for­mance dur­ing Thank you SABC on 10 Septem­ber

Jonas Kasamba

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